Grateful Dead Live at Athletic Center, Rutgers U on 1981-05-15
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- Grateful Dead
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- 2004-04-26 11:46:24
- (FOB) Senn 421> Cm> Dat> CD
- New Brunswick, NJ
Subject: looks like rain motherf#@$kker
Subject: Looks Like Rain
Subject: Another Good 81
Subject: not fade away
Subject: You do NOT GET IT!!!!!!
Piscataway New Jersey Rutgers Athletic Center was so completely exceptional for many very important reasons..... John Lennon had been assassinated 180 days ago....Reagan's VP (GWBush) had tried to assassinate Ronnie 44 days after his inauguration, and now come the only voice left of America's counter-culture - rocking across the early springtime campuses of the Northeastern USA, with their supposedly non-political bent - yet intact is their belief (however damaged by narcotics) that magic is truly the realm of the spirit - and on that May Night in Piscataway, the only concert hall they have ever played with a SKY-LIGHT WINDOW THINGEE - the lightning flashes completely coincide with Jery and Bob and Billy's jamming on LOOKS LIKE RAIN - listen up people - ever wonder why evryone is screaming during Looks Like Rain - nobody took their clothes off - The SKY JUST STARTED LIGHTING UP!!!! right along with the song ....
paaaleeeeeezee wake up to the magic evbdy now! :-)
Subject: Dead @ the RAC
Saw the Jerry Band show at the Barn in 1980....that is a different story.
Subject: We want Phil
Subject: CITY NAME CORRECTION:
I don't know of any other concerts ever held at the RAC.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Violent Femmes and a lot of other great bands played in the Gym on Livingston college back in the '80's. This is a different, much smaller, venue than the RAC.
The Jerry band played at the College Avenue Gymnasium ("The Barn") at Rutgers College in New Brunswick on 2/22/80. I saw Jimmy Cliff there in the late 80's. That's also where my college graduation ceremony was held.
Anyway, Piscataway, not New Brunswick.
Michael, Rutgers U., Class of '92.
Subject: hey, this one's worth checking out!
4 stars because I always feel like an AUD takes something away from a show...4.5 star show.
Subject: Tasty Rutgers show
Jerry is in good voice and singing guitar throughout. As with all good shows, this one starts with decent first set. The band comes out swinging with a clean, energetic Mississippi Half Step. Franklin's tower has its moments, but like many from this era, is infused with repetitious vamps. Minglewood rocks, some nice Jerry soloing in Cassidy. Candyman is strong. Jerry as rock 'n roll guitarist is on fire in Red Rooster. Jack-a-Roe is full of energy, and even Even El Paso has some of the old energy of years gone by. Nice vocal effort from Jerry on Ramblin' Rose. Bob's vocal and Jerry's guitar rise to the climax together at the end of Looks like rain.
A fun, rockin' Don't Ease Me In acts as a warm up for a great jamming Scarlet. There isn't much of a transition into Fire, but Fire itself has a nice ensemble feel, and Jerry plays like he is placing every note. Estimated Profit builds in intensity to a revamped, bouncy Eyes of the World (better than versions of the previous year or so, with some of the original jazzy flavor).
Drums is cut from this recording, and Space isn't all that interesting. But the jam in the middle of Not Fade Away is hot, followed by a tasty Black Peter that is faster than many. More sweet, sweet Jerry jammin' on Sugar Magnolia.
Rutgers, a year after I graduated. Alas. But we can download it here.
Subject: Greate show, stormy night!
Although the band never reached the heights it had achieved in the early seventies, I think 1981 was one the peak post-1974 years, and this was a very high energy, crisply perfomed show, well worth the listen.
Subject: Lucky to have been here!!!
Great to hear it again...Thank you!
"all good things in all good time"
Subject: I remember this one well
And yes, it eas so wild that a thunder and lightning storm was summoned by the Fire on the Mountain- You could see the lightning quite clrearly. I have not listened yet, but I am answering the question of where are the Rutgers heads. I am here
Subject: Where are all the Rutgers heads?
Subject: Great show
Subject: A Nice Aud
Subject: Fun Show/rainy night
If you haven't been to this arena, is has(or used to have)a skylight on the roof. During the end of the first set, the lightning and thunder got real heavy. U can hear the crowd cheer during Looks Like Rain when the lightning flashes came thru the skylight @ 7:45. Also, during Fire everyone went nuts.
Very rowdy friday night crowd, most of whom just finished final exams. Most went on to Cornell next night
Subject: rockin audience quality show!
A raging scarlet and a great second set entirely make this show truly a collectors item. There is nothing rare here but the show is also hot because the crowd is rowdy and the licks on jerrys guitar seem turned up loud.
Nice audience; I never download the aud tapes but trust me, this is very kind. Not A+ but then again, rating an aud tape is different criteria just by the fact it is an aud and not sbd. There are inherent 'blemishes' in auds so this really is a nice one in my book.
Enjoy the magic ride during Scarlet>Fire!
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